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Charles George Gordon

London 1833 - Khartoum, Sudan, 1885
also known as Chinese Gordon, Gordon Pasha, and Gordon of Khartoum, was a British army officer and administrator
Hamo Thornycroft

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Bronze statue of Gordon in the undress uniform of a field officer, standing in an attitude of meditation, his left foot on a broken mortar. His left arm is crossed over the waist, and the hand, holding a Bible, supports the elbow of the right arm. It stands on a plinth with two bronze relief plates on the left and right sides, showing the four virtues (left) FORTITVDE FAITH , and (right) CHARITY JVSTICE respectively. Fortitude has a shield with the text RIGHT FEARS NO MIGHT. Between the foliated frieze at the top of the plinth are banderoles with the names SOUDAN KHARTOUM - GRAVESEND EQUATOR - CRIMEA 1855 CHINA 1864 - QUINSAN SOOCHOW

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major-gen. royal engineers

killed at khartovm
xxvi janvary


(statue) hamo thornycroft ara 1887
(plinth) hamo thornycroft ra Sc 1888
(relief right) hamo thornycroft 18--


Unveiled 16 October 1888 in Trafalgar Square. The pedestal was inspired by that of Le Sueur's Charles I near that location. Removed in 1943 for the temporary display of a Lancaster bomber and re-erected in Victoria Embankment Gardens in 1953.


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  • Army Officer
  • Charity (Charitas)
  • Faith (Fides)
  • Gordon, Charles George
  • Justice (Justitia)
  • Statue (man)
  • Strength (Fortitudo)
  • Thornycroft, Hamo
  • Virtues
  • Locatie (N 51°30'16" - W 0°7'25") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

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